EU free trade agreements
The EU has free trade agreements (FTAs) with individual countries throughout the world. These agreements are designed to facilitate trade between consignees. The European Commission's Export Helpdesk provides a detailed list of EU trade agreements and their trade implications.
Beyond the usual Chapter providing for preferential tariff treatment, these agreements also often include clauses on trade facilitation and rule-making in areas such as investment, intellectual property, government procurement, technical standards and sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
Rules of origin under free-trade agreements
The rules of origin applicable to a country's products are set out in an Origin Protocol attached to the specific agreement between the EU and the country concerned.